Firecracker Frozen Daiquiri

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Make this stunning Frozen Daiquiri for a festive summertime sip! All you need are 5 simple ingredients (and plenty of ice) to blend up frosty drinks that are as fun to drink as they are to look at. This delicious layered red white and blue daiquiri is the perfect 4th of July cocktail recipe!!

titled: Frozen Firecracker Daiquiri


Frozen Daiquiri

Nothing says summertime like a sweet frozen daiquiri, but I wanted to make something extra patriotic for this year’s Independence Day celebration… and that was also more sippable than a Jello shot.

It’s easy enough to get the red and white layers with a Lava Flow drink, but what about the blue? Thankfully, there’s already a vibrant blue liqueur available… blue curacao!

Since pineapple blends so well with the bitter orange flavor, I shifted that over and used melon for the white layer in this drink.

The fruit flavors in each colorful layer taste just like summer when sipped together!

And the best part about this recipe? There’s hardly any prep to do! Blend frozen fruit with the appropriate booze and pour as you go. Bartending accomplished!!

ingredients for 4th of july cocktail recipe

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Frozen Fruit – Grab some bags from the freezer section of the store or slice and freeze your own!

    Melon can sometimes be hard to find outside of a tropical blend, so plan ahead in case you need to prep that yourself.

    Since it’s for the white layer of the drink, honeydew is the best choice.
  • White Rum – Keep those fruit flavors front and center — and the colors clean and vibrant — with white rum as opposed to dark or spiced varieties.

    Bacardi or Captain Morgan are my go-to options.
  • Blue Curacao – This citrus liqueur is dyed a vibrant blue color, making it a favorite for colorful cocktails!

    The best substitute for blue curacao would be clear curacao or triple sec plus some blue food coloring.
  • Ice – Not technically an ingredient, but you’ll need to grab a bag if you don’t have an ice maker!
mixing berries for the red layer of frozen daiquiri

Tips and Tricks to Make a Perfect Firecracker Cocktail

  • Have ingredients measured and ready.

The faster you blend those layers and serve up your frozen daiquiri, the better it will be!

Pair up the frozen fruits with their coordinating liquors so you can grab and go in seconds. And since every layer needs ice, have a bowl of that ready to scoop from.

  • Adjust the sweetness to your liking.

Fruit is quite sweet on its own, but how sweet depends on how ripe it was when frozen. Feel free to add a little simple syrup or agave nectar.

I recommend giving each layer a quick sip, then blending it in if needed.

And if you don’t have simple syrup on hand, it’s super easy to make! Combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a simmer.

Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat and let cool before using.

  • Place glasses in the freezer after adding each layer.

This will keep your drink nice and frosty — and ensure that the layers of your red white and blue daiquiri don’t bleed or melt into each other while you blend.

If you’re mixing up drinks poolside, have a separate bowl of ice to hold the glasses in as an alternative to the freezer.

  • Experiment with different flavor combinations!

If you’re not a fan of melon, use pineapple for the white layer and banana for the blue layer. Or, swap the strawberries with raspberries. 

You could also replace the white layer with a simple lime daiquiri if you prefer to balance sweet with tart. Simply combine frozen limeade with white rum and ice.

Tools You Will Need for This Recipe

  • Blender – A high-power blender is a must in every kitchen!
  • Jigger – Essential for any well-stocked bar, this quickly and accurately measures liquids for making cocktails. In a pinch, liquid measuring cups will work as well.
making the white layer of 4th of july cocktail recipe

Serving Suggestions 

Top each frozen daiquiri with fresh fruit slices and add a colorful straw to the glass. For an even sweeter twist, rim the glasses in colorful sanding sugar or patriotic sprinkles.

And if you really want to put the dazzle and sparkle in this firecracker cocktail, dust the inside of the glasses with edible beverage glitter — or mix it right into each layer!

It’ll be almost as impressive as this Firecracker Cake, another staple at my summer holiday soirees. 

Complete your spread with more red, white, and blue dishes like pasta salad, ice cream, cheesecake fruit salad, and yogurt berry popsicles for the kids!

adding blue layer to frozen daiquiri

How to Batch Make Red White and Blue Daiquiri

All you need to do is scale up the ingredients for each layer — as written, this 4th of July cocktail recipe makes enough for 2 drinks.

Have your glasses lined up to divide each batch as you go, or pour each mixture into a separate pitcher and let guests build their own firecracker cocktail!

4th of July Cocktail Recipe FAQ

Can I use fresh fruit instead of frozen?

You won’t get the same slushy texture in your frozen cocktail if you use fresh fruit instead of frozen. Extra ice will only water the drink down, and it will melt faster too.

However, you can freeze fresh fruit instead of using store-bought frozen fruit if you’d like! This can take at least several hours, so be sure to plan ahead if you want to go that route.

Is blue curacao the same as triple sec?

Both are orange liqueurs, but triple sec is clear while blue curacao is — you guessed it — blue. 

Triple Sec also tends to be a bit drier and less sweet with a bitter finish compared to curacaos, and they are distilled using different methods.

Can I make frozen cocktails ahead of time?

Frozen drinks are best served right away, especially when layered like this firecracker cocktail. 

The longer they sit, the more likely the colors will blend together… not to mention your drink melting!

2 red white and blue frozen daiquiris

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red white and blue daiquiri layered in a glass

Firecracker Frozen Daiquiri

Donna Elick
This colorful Frozen Daiquiri features red, white, and blue layers made with frozen fruit, rum, and blue curacao. It’s a party in a glass!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Method Mixed
Servings 2


  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen honeydew melon
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup of ice per layer
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum, divided
  • 1 1/2 ounces blue curacao, divided


  • PREPARE THE RED LAYER: Add 1 cup of strawberries, 1/2 cup of ice, and 1/2 of white rum to the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture in two glasses and place in the freezer while you prepare the next layer. Rinse the blender to prepare for the next layer.
  • PREPARE THE WHITE LAYER: Add 1 cup of frozen melon, 1/2 cup of ice and the remaining white rum. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture on top of the red layer in the glasses, then place them in the freezer while you prepare the next layer. Rinse the blender to prepare for the next layer.
  • PREPARE THE BLUE LAYER: Add 1 cup of frozen pineapple, 1/2 cup of ice and the blue curacao. Blend until smooth and pour the blue mixture on top of the white layer in both glasses, filling it to the top.
  • DECORATE YOUR DRINKS: Garnish each glass with fresh fruit slices or colorful straws if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

Make sure to have two glasses ready to pour each layer separately.
Adjust the amount of rum and blue curacao according to your personal taste preferences. You can increase or decrease the amounts to suit your liking.
Feel free to experiment with different combinations of frozen fruits to create your desired flavors and colors.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 198cal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 17mg | Sugar: 22g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published May 2024

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  1. 5 stars
    This Firecracker Frozen Daiquiri was a hit at our party! So easy to make and tasted amazing!

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